40 Years to Glory Parade of Champions Sunday from Tijuana to Ensenada to start Fiesta for 40th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000
Baja Legends Sal Fish, Malcolm Smith, Drino Miller, Parnelli Jones, Walker Evans, Doug Robertson,
Bruce Meyers all part of special prelude to 40th Anniversary of granddaddy of all desert races
LOS ANGELES--Taking a page out of history, over 15 vintage desert racing vehicles will be part of a historic re-tracing parade Sunday of the start of the first Baja 1000 desert race in 1967 from Tijuana to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
Starting from the Tijuana Bull Ring and going primarily on the toll road to Ensenada's Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center, Baja Legends including SCORE CEO/President Sal Fish and racers Malcolm Smith, Parnelli Jones and Walker Evans will drive classic resorted vehicles.
Organized by Marty Fiolka, editor of Dirt Sports Magazine, the event will be part of the pre-race festivities for the 40th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race, the granddaddy of all desert races.
Remembering the exploits of the 68 adventurers who were part of the start of this spectacular desert race, festivities will start Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with a display of vehicles and meet the racers party at the "Conquistador" Statue at the Bull Ring.
Vehicles will begin their trek of some 65 miles at 11 a.m., expecting to finish in the lot originally used for pre-race festivities at approximately 1 p.m. for another autograph party until 2:30 p.m.
The actual 2007 race itself starts Tuesday morning in Ensenada and this year's historic 40th anniversary odyssey of the world's longest non-stop and most famous desert race will be a grueling and memorable 1,296-39 mile adventure down Mexico's mysterious Baja California peninsula starting in Ensenada, Baja California and finishing in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Sur.
Reflecting how much the race has grown since it started in 1967 the season-finale of the six-race 2007 SCORE Desert Series will feature nearly 450 entries from 43 U.S. States and 16 countries. From weekend warriors to Hollywood actors and producers, the famous and not-so-famous will compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs.
"This will be a very special trip down memory lane and SCORE sincerely thanks Marty for putting it together and the participants for being with us on this historic occasion," said Sal Fish, SCORE CEO and President since soon after the Los Angeles-based SCORE International was founded in 1973. "These vehicles represent some of the pioneers of our sport and the drivers are a very special part of the history of Baja racing."
This year's Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race will be televised on a delayed basis as a one-hour NBC Sports special for the fourth consecutive year, airing on Dec. 30 on the NBC Television Network. It will also air on a delayed basis outside of the U.S. on ESPN International.